If taking the load off your wordpress server is a deep concern to you definitely you will be thinking of reducing your current plugins count to zero, funny huh? Yeah I mean every bit of it, about 2 years ago I was a forefront preacher of how great wordpress plugins are, even using plugins for task as common as adding social media buttons to a wordpress site but all that is changed to stories today.
I never had any reason to write about plugins possible detrimental effect on a simple site till I was contacted by a recent victim of Host suspension who asked if I could optimize his site to prevent such happening in the future. When he handed me his admin credentials I couldn’t hold on but fell off from my dinning table on seeing 52 active wordpress plugin on a shared server (hostgator hatching plan) receiving less than 150 unique visitors per day.
As part of my best practices I deleted every plugin including the “quick adsense” leaving only six very important ones there. Now to round up my work I have to install the p3 (plugin performance profiler) wordpress plugin to see the server / load time being used up by the six active plugins, to my uttermost amazement the innocent looking jetpack by wordpress.com (automatic) plugin only is using up 50% ‘cos that’s what this particular client was using for his popular post (jetpack post view) widget and website statistics. At this Point I contacted him and discussed the following top 4 free recommended online website counters that offers hidden or private options with him.
Histats.com has been providing such an amazing free website counter for both small sites and business site. I personally rated this high ‘cos it uses flash (which is very light) to display stats for your visitors and you can configure various options using the tools provided to you from the control panel . You can also see how many visitors you have online at a glance without having to log in to your account panel.
The most interesting part of their free services is that you can choose to hide your total website stats from the public by choosing “show stats to only me” when adding a website you want the stats to be hidden from the public.
Other features that comes with their tool is the ability to view search engine keywords, referring sites and individual referring links coupled with many other premium features .
Histats.com is worth trying . Their official website address is http://www.histats.com
For you to be reading this you must be either a blogger, a site admin or a webmaster and do not need me to tell you what google analytics does or how it works. If you are a core crusader for google analytics you might have well assumed that there isn’t any alternative for google analytics right ? Well I won’t argue that with you and at the same time wouldn’t buy your idea , so do many of us who just want to see those stats without going into techy and advance analysis. But for the purpose of this article google analytics is free & great as well and can be combined with any other online website stats provider listed in this article .
Loved by many, despised by only few is the clause I can use to rate this awesome free Online website hits and stats rendering service. It has been in existence for years and have garnered itself a lot of positive reviews from internet marketing experts and pr0-webmasters out there . Configuring statcounter.com for your website or blog is as easy as picking up a pizza pack for lunch as you will only be needing an active email account for registration.
The features of statcounter.com services goes beyond what a free service should provide, from advanced unique visits and hits analysis to traffic source, entry page, exit page, page view per individual, keyword analysis, search engines war, recent came from, downloads counts, visits length, visit path and many more premium features.
I will recommend statcounter.com for your site’s traffic analysis anytime any-day. Their official site is http://www.statcounter.com
You are seeing this online free website hits and stats counter in my list ‘cos I said top 4, if not I will not be recommending amazingcounters.com to anyone ‘cos to me it isn’t worth the time and effort I put in registering in their site . But who said trying isn’t a good option after all they offer a completely free website hits analyzing services with sponsored links.
The available data they provide for your site traffic is so dense to the point of confusing you between real human visits and that of robots .
If just like me you love trying out new services, you may check through their official website located at http://www.amazingcounters.com
Other recommended practices to reduce server load & improve site load time :
As earlier stated at the beginning of the article I made mention of many plugins you really don’t need since you can easily add such features via function.php . Let’s now talk about few plugins that is a must for your site
- p3 (Plugin Performance Profiler) : You need this plugin to check which plugins is using up the most part of your server load and causing high load time on your site .
- Cache Plugin : This is needed to cache most of your site contents so as to prevent it loading each time a new visitor comes to the site
- WP Database Optimizer : Finally this might help if you delete lots of plugins and post from your site , But i recommend a one time installation use and deletion of this plugin though .
Think I ‘ve omitted something? Let’s get your comments rolling